ELCA seeking mutual ministry partners
The Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is seeking mutual ministry partnerships with IGRC congregations.
One of the upcoming opportunities is formation of a cluster of 12 to 15 congregations to participate in a congregation revitalization process called Partnership for Missional Church (PMC).
“PMC has been used successfully in a number of places and is a structured process that leads congregations on a journey of spiritual discernment where they discover how God is moving in their community and their role in God’s mission,” explained Terry Moore, director for evangelical mission and assistant to the bishop. “It initiates a process of spiritual and cultural change within the life of congregations.”
At the conclusion of PMC, each congregation will have a clear understanding of its unique missional vocation, a plan to carry it out and the spiritual practices to help them adapt to changes in the future.
The ELCA and The United Methodist Church entered into a full communion agreement in 2009 that enables such partnerships to move forward.